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SEC ‘wins’ first round of NFL draft — barely

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Given the fact that they’re the five-time reigning national champions, it should come as no surprise that the SEC reigned supreme above all other conferences when it came to the number of players selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft.

What may come as a surprise was the conference right behind ‘em.

In the first round of a draft that saw No. 1 overall — Auburn’s Cam Newton to Carolina — bookending No. 32 overall — Mississippi State’s Derek Sherrod to Green Bay — the SEC “won”.  And what they “won” was damn-near a third of the first day of the draft.

All told, the SEC saw 10 of their players taken amongst the first 32 selections, including five of the first six picks of the draft.  The lone non-SEC player in the top six was Texas A&M’s Von Miller, who went No. 2 to the Denver Broncos and was the first of eight first-round selections for the Big 12.

The Big Ten was third in the “conference race” with six players selected, followed by the Pac-12 and ACC with three apiece.

Interestingly, the first player from a non-BcS conference wasn’t selected until the New York Jets took Temple’s Muhammad Wilkerson at No. 30.  Even more interesting was the fact that the Big East had just one player selected in the first round as well — Pittsburgh’s Jonathan Baldwin, taken by the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 26.

In summation, the Big East had as many players taken in the first round as the MAC.  The MAC doesn’t have an automatic BcS bid; the Big East does.

Yeah, that about sums up the NFL draft from the college football/BcS side of things.

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9 Responses to “SEC ‘wins’ first round of NFL draft — barely”
  1. dg0122 says: Apr 29, 2011 7:42 AM

    Who came in second is so much of a surprise, Taylor won’t even tell us

    (Big 12 with 8)

  2. 78lion says: Apr 29, 2011 8:46 AM

    Wow, RIF!

    The lone non-SEC player in the top six was Texas A&M’s Von Miller, who went No. 2 to the Denver Broncos and was the first of eight first-round selections for the Big 12.

  3. polegojim says: Apr 29, 2011 10:27 AM

    Welcome to the Detriot Lions Nick Fairley, Auburn! Suh has got to be smiling.

    D-Line in Detroit is going to be a Freight Train. Neither side will be safe, nor the middle… AND they’ll give CBs/Safteys some relief. 3 step drops will be about all QBs will get. Go for 7… and go down.

    Ok – the Lion’s covered my second wish first. Let’s hope they either trade for, or have a quality pic on OL next.

  4. lbijake says: Apr 29, 2011 1:07 PM

    To: dgo122,

    Taylor states the SEC “won” with 10 selections, the Big 12 had 8 selections and the was third with 6 selections. The inference was that the Big 12 fans could handle the math and determine they were 2nd. I guess that the GED is not paying off for you.

  5. dg0122 says: Apr 29, 2011 10:45 PM

    lbijake- that sentence was not in the article when i posted the comment…and GFY

  6. ezwriter69 says: Apr 30, 2011 9:08 PM

    That sentence STILL isn’t there as I read it this second, so I’ll second the motion, Ibijae, GFY twice, I’m sure you have the orifice to take it… you c word.

  7. edgy says: May 1, 2011 10:13 AM

    BTW, for the last 7 years, the “Southern” conferences have dominated the 1st round AND the overall draft.

  8. edgy says: May 1, 2011 10:52 AM

    I like Smith as the pick for the Cowboys. It remains to be seen as to whether he can handle the left side, which would free up Doug for the RT spot, where he is definitely the best OL on the team but Free is, by default, their best LT and if Smith can’t beat him out then he stays there and Smith takes over for Colombo and the Cowboys replace the guy who has been their third biggest liability at OL in the passing game (after Adams and Gurode, who is fine for the run but let’s face it, he still can’t make that snap back for the shotgun without a little adventure — hear that Dolphins!).

  9. edgy says: May 5, 2011 3:01 PM

    I was surprised by Dallas taking DeMarco Murray but that just lends more credence to rumors that Marion Barber’s days as a Cowboy are numbered. Murray could end up being their third down back and with the backfield that they would have, Dallas would have 3 very distinct runners/receivers that would challenge defensive coordinators.

    Oh and Philly got them selves a deal in Stanley Havili . I know that there are those that may not seem him as the ideal runner or blocker but if there is one person that Barkley WILL miss this year, it’s Stanley. He was the offensive MVP for the last couple of years and when he was out of the lineup, you could definitely see that his presence made a big difference on the offense. He will be a very good guy coming out of the backfield and if they use him in the red zone, he’ll be very effective as a receiver.

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